How Jakarta’s Mayor End Up in Jail?
On May 9, the current Mayor of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of violating the law on blasphemy, which was adopted as far back as 1965 to maintain religious tolerance and guarantee the protection of religious freedom […]
China’s Soft Power Policy in South-East Asia
China’s “soft” diplomacy is aimed at increasing the country’s attractiveness and improving its image to increase its influence in the world and create favorable conditions for strengthening its economic positions by means of such political tools as culture, education, ideology, as well as trade and investment. According to the Chinese leadership, the country cannot become […]
Daesh Threats Reach the SEA Countries
About 250 billion Muslims (15% of the global Muslim population) reside in Southeast Asia, mainly in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world (190 million residents). In contrast to the situation in the southern regions of the Philippines and Thailand, where separatist Islamist groups are wedging a war against the governments under the banner […]
Donald Trump and Southeast Asia
Donald Trump overlooked the ASEAN countries in his pre-election campaign. His disregard of the actively developing region with a population of 625 million people and a total GDP worth 2.4 trillion dollars (the world’s seventh largest economy), which is playing an important role in the Asia-Pacific Region, is in stark contrast to Barack Obama’s policy […]
Politicisation of Terrorism at the BRICS Summit
The fight against terrorism is increasingly a key issue for all countries, and it is quite natural that it has drawn the attention of the participants of the 8th BRICS summit. However, India has a particular interest in focusing attention on it after terrorists from the radical group “Jaish-e-Mohammed” (“Army of Mohammed”) committed attacks on […]
How is Terrorism Funded in the South-East Asian Countries?
There are many facts that prove that the countries of South-East Asia are now facing the threat of the spread of radical Islamism and increased violence as a result. Over the last year, explosions occurred in Indonesia and Thailand, and terrorist attacks were planned in Malaysia and in Singapore. These acts of terrorism are performed by the followers […]
Middle Eastern Children Are the Main Victims of the Ongoing Conflicts
It should be made perfectly clear that armed conflicts are not simply leading to high death rates among minors, but they also inflict irreparable harm to those minors that survived the carnage. The whole Middle East may be labeled as a highly hazardous area due to the continuous bombing of the region. The United States […]
What Threats Does Brexit Have in Store for ASEAN Countries?
The recent referendum on Britain’s exit from the EU has caused concern around the world, including the countries of Southeast Asia. This is not surprising, given the high level of their integration into the world economy, which was stirred up by the results of the last vote. This prompted ASEAN countries to evaluate the possible […]
Abu Sayyaf—Most Notorious Militant Group in Philippines
The final days of April broughtshocking news to the world: Filipino terrorist group Abu Sayyaf had executed a Canadian citizen, journalist and former employee of the mining company TVI Pacific, Inc. John Ridsdel. On September 21, 2015, he and four other tourists spending time at an upscale resort on the Philippine island of Samal were […]
Natural Disasters Do Present a Threat for Emerging Markets in Asia
Modern society, despite the achieved technological progress, remains powerless in the fight against natural disasters. At the end of March 2016 the British advisory firm in the sphere of business risk analytics Verisk Maplecrof published a report, which presents data on the countries’ global vulnerability to 11 types of natural disasters, including tropical cyclones, floods, […]
How the US Counters Terrorism in the Southeast Asia
In its global anti-terrorism strategy, developed in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the administration of the then-president George W. Bush assigned the countries of the Southeast Asia the role of a “second front” in this battle. This decision was adopted since: – the region is known as a place with a concentration […]
Ecological Aspect of the Conflict in the South China Sea
The territorial conflict in the South China Sea, smouldering for several decades already, has suddenly gained a new meaning: ecological. That is attributed to the China constructing artificial islands. From the point of the Philippines, this construction activity endangers the unique ecosystem of the sea basin, which is one of the richest in the world […]